[reportlab-users] SVG export in comparison to PDF?

Ilya Flyamer flyamer at gmail.com
Sat Aug 10 05:11:48 EDT 2013

Yes, it does successfully create fine SVG files even with quiet huge data,
which is 10 times less, then what I need.

2013/8/9 Marc Tompkins <marc.tompkins at gmail.com>

> On Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 8:32 AM, Ilya Flyamer <flyamer at gmail.com> wrote:


>> I am using GenomeDiagram from BioPython, which is based on ReportLab to

>> generate pictures, to draw some graphs/maps on the genome. The data is in

>> general huge, so that export of a picture out into PDF file takes a few

>> minutes. But the problem is with export in SVG files: I waited over 40

>> minutes and it still hasn't finished writing to disk (BTW, the process was

>> using >1Gb of RAM, but only 1-2% of CPU - looks strange to me, is it?).

>> Is it an issue in ReportLab or a pure format structure issue?


>> Can you try it with a very small chunk of data? I don't know BioPython

> or GenomeDiagram, but I presume that there must be some way to handle tiny

> snippets; in any case, does it successfully create an SVG when the dataset

> is not huge?


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Ilya Flyamer
Student of Molecular Biology Department
Biological Faculty
Moscow State University
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